On March 23rd, the Province of Ontario announced that all non-essential workplaces should close as of midnight on Tuesday, March 24th)as part of the overall measures to control the spread of COVID-19.  The government released a comprehensive list of organizations that are essential to the ongoing operation of the Ontario economy.  The following are some of those specified types of business that are part of the environment and cleantech sector (please check the list to determine if your category of business is included):
"Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects"

"Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses"

"Businesses that help to ensure safe and effective waste management including deadstock, rendering, nutrient management, bio hazardous materials, green waste, packaging recycling”

"Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses"

"Businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill clean-up and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septics haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators, management of industrial sewage/effluent (eg for mining operations), and environmental laboratories"

"Utilities, and Businesses that support the provision of utilities and community services, including by providing products, materials and services needed for the delivery of utilities and community services (including) 
a.    Waste Collection, Waste/ Sewage Treatment and Disposal, operation of landfills, and Hazardous Waste Disposal;
b.    Potable drinking water;
c.     Electricity Generation, transmission, distribution and storage"

"Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities"

"Businesses that provide products and services that support research activities"

"Professional services including lawyers and para-legals, engineers, accountants, translators"

Thank you and we will offer ongoing updates to our members as the situation continues to unfold.  In the interim, the ONEIA team wishes you, your families and your work teams the best in this challenging time.

In light of the Provincial State of Emergency and growing concerns about COVID-19, all of ONEIA’s upcoming meetings will be shifted to virtual platforms (teleconference or video links) and our office staff will be working virtually for the next while.

The 8th annual Ontario Environment and Cleantech Business and Policy Forum (originally scheduled for April 21) will be rescheduled to a date in the fall.

To all of our members and friends across the environment and cleantech sector, we wish you and your families all the best in these times of personal isolation and remote working and we look forward to meeting with you again when we have all done our part to help this crisis pass. Please monitor our website and social media feeds for updates in the coming weeks and take care.

ONEIA Response to Climate Change Plan

ONEIA submitted their response to the environment plan released by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). 

The plan has many points of interest for Ontario's more than 3,000 environment and cleantech companies. 

Our response to the document through the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry can be seen here.

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